Town council fights pub plans

SOLICITORS have been drafted in to fight the case of a local pub after Whitby Town Council (WTC) objected to plans to vary the licence conditions.

Councillors on the licensing committee met on Wednesday to discuss correspondence from Ford and Warren solicitors who are acting for the Fleece pub on Church Street.

They had asked the town council to withdraw objections to proposals to allow the hours for selling alcohol and providing indoor entertainment to be extended until 1am every day plus an extra hour at Bank Holidays, Christmas Eve and Boxing Day.

Town councillors had objected on the grounds it would cause more noise, anti-social behaviour and crime.

But the solicitors say music won’t be played outside, there are currently no conditions for having windows shut during entertainment and there are no issues with public nuisance “as evidenced by the absence of a representation from...interested parties”.

However, Coun Amanda Smith, who also lives on Church Street, said people didn’t report incidents because they were scared of reprisals.

She said: “They say there has been no public nuisance - I know for a fact it is not true.

“I myself have been subjected to harassment when I have put a complaint in in that area. The residents no longer feel able to complain. They come to us as councillors and make their representations to us because they don’t want to be subjected to harassment.”

A representative of WTC’s licensing committee will speak at Scarborough Borough Council’s licensing board meeting at Sneaton Castle on Thursday.